Robin Williams films on download charts in wake of actor’s death
TORONTO — The sudden death of Robin Williams this month has inspired a lot of people to revisit — or discover — some of his popular films.
In Canada, six of Williams’ movies currently appear on the iTunes download chart.
Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society are in the Top 20 while Patch Adams, The Birdcage, and Jack also appear in the Top 100.
South of the border, the iTunes Top 100 chart currently has five Williams’ films, including two — Mrs. Doubtfire and Dead Poets Society — in the Top 5.
According to Amazon in the U.S., four of the late actor’s movies — Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting and Jumanji — are on the Top 20 chart.
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There are seven of Williams’ films on the UK iTunes chart, including two in the Top 20 — Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting. Sitting in the No. 100 spot is Aladdin, in which Williams voices the Genie.
In the UK, a veteran film critic is under fire for opining that Williams made a lot of bad movies and was addicted to “saccharine, tooth-rotting sentimentality.”
Barry Norman, in a column for the Radio Times, also said the actor’s talent “could sometimes be spread so thinly as to be almost invisible.”
Norman, 80, wrote: “Every actor makes bad films occasionally but what was remarkable about Williams was not that he was so good in the good ones but that he was so very bad in the bad ones.”
Williams died early on Aug. 11. A preliminary investigation indicated his death was the result of asphyxia due to hanging.
He was 63.
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